Baylor won its first conference championship in 33 years in 2013 and when the Big 12 media days began here Monday, the Bears were still first.
No, not in the preseason poll. There they were second behind Oklahoma.
But Baylor coach Art Briles was the first of the league’s 10 coaches to appear at the podium in the main interview hall.
“I guess we’re batting leadoff today,’’ Briles said. “I don’t know what the commissioner expected, but we’re not going to try to bunt or get a single. I promise you that. We’re swinging for the fence. So maybe he should have put us fourth because that’s just the way we approach the game.’’
In other words, just because Baylor is fresh off a championship, don’t expect complacency.